Bill to sanction groups involved in China’s bloody human organ harvesting industry advances in the House
The United States House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would impose sanctions on groups involved in China's bloody human organ harvesting industry. The bill, known as the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act, was introduced by Representative Chris Smith and has gained bipartisan support. The bill aims to hold accountable those who participate in the illegal practice of harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioners, Uighur Muslims, and Tibetan Buddhists. These groups are often targeted by the Chinese government for their religious or political beliefs. The bill would require the Secretary of State to compile a list of individuals and entities involved in forced organ harvesting and impose sanctions on them, including freezing their assets and banning them from entering the United States. It would also require the State Department to report annually on the state of forced organ harvesting in China. The practice of forced organ harvesting has been widely condemned by human rights organizations and medical professionals. It involves the removal of organs from living individuals without their consent, often resulting in their death. The organs are then sold on the black market for profit. China has been accused of being the largest perpetrator of forced organ harvesting in the world. The Chinese government has denied these accusations, but evidence suggests otherwise. In 2019, an independent tribunal in London found that forced organ harvesting was taking place in China on a significant scale and that the Chinese government was complicit in the practice. The advancement of the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act in the House is a significant step towards holding those responsible for this heinous crime accountable. It sends a strong message to the Chinese government that the United States will not tolerate human rights abuses and will take action to protect the rights of individuals around the world. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will need to be passed before it can be signed into law by the President. It is hoped that the Senate will act swiftly to pass this important legislation and send a clear message to the Chinese government that the world is watching and will not stand idly by while human rights abuses continue.